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Paul BerkemeierB Sc Arch Sydney 1973, B Arch (Hons) Sydney 1976,
M.Arch Harvard 1983 ARB 4017
Brent TrousdaleB Sc Arch Sydney, B.Arch (Hons) Sydney 1991
Senior Architect with PBA since 1994
Duncan CorrigallB Des Arch Sydney, M Arch (Hons) Sydney 2010


Paul Berkemeier graduated in architecture from Sydney University in 1975 and was awarded Master of Architecture from Harvard in 1983. He worked with the Commonwealth Government and then as an Associate Director of Denton Corker Marshall before establishing his own practice in 1988.

Paul has had extensive experience in a broad range of projects, including large scale urban design and planning, public buildings, single and multi-unit housing, schools, exhibition design and heritage buildings. The practice has received numerous state and national awards for its work.

Current projects include the Murwillmbah Regional Museum, Tweed River Regional Museum and several residential projects.

Paul has a very high profile in the profession. He is currently the National President of the Australian Institute of Architects, and previously he served a maximum 9 year term as Trustee of the Historic Houses Trust, appointed the Deputy Chair from 2002 to 2005. He remains a member of the Trust’s Exhibitions Advisory Committee. Paul is actively involved in architectural education and accreditation and has taught design studios at all of the state’s architecture schools. He has been a member of the Australian Institute of Architect's National Education Committee, Chair of the NSW Education Committee and has been a member and chair of several State and National visiting panels to universities around Australia. He was appointed Visiting Professor in Architecture Practice at the University of Sydney in 2009.

Brent Trousdale graduated with Honours from the University of Sydney in 1991. Before joining Paul Berkemeier Architect, Brent worked with Peter Stutchbury, Allan Jack + Cottier and Davenport Campbell as well as spending time as a builder on various construction projects with Shane Blue Architect.

Brent joined Paul Berkemeier’s practice in 1994 and has been Project Architect and team leader for all phases of a diverse range of work, including public, education, heritage, mult-storey commercial, retail, interiors and residential projects. He was the Project Architect for several of the practice’s award-winning buildings, including Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Kia-Ora Homestead in Scone, Collis-George Jackson house, Shear Outback, the restoration of the former Ashfield Post Office and the Nicholson-Westfield house at Manly.

In addition to his work with PBA, Brent has been a regular design studio critic at several local universities. He currently tutors Third Year Design Studio at the University of New South Wales, and teaches Design Construction at the University of Sydney.

Brent is a Registered Architect in New South Wales.

Duncan Corrigall graduated with Honours from the University of Sydney in 2010, receiving several awards for his student work including a Commendation in the most esteemed international prize for student work, the RIBA Silver Medal. He was shortlisted in the National Student Bienale, won the Partridge Prize for Structural Innovation, and received the E.Chettle Prize for Excellence in Architecture. His work has been published in the RIBA Journal, the Architecture Bulletin and Archetype magazine.

Duncan has worked with Paul Berkemeier Architect since 2009 in a variety of projects, particularly focusing on public, heritage and residential work. He has been working on the Murwillumbah Museum, currently under construction, and was involved in the completed fit-out of Mosman Art Gallery, the Maitland Regional Art Gallery, the Rouse Hill House & Farm cluster of buildings, and several houses.

As well as his work with PBA, Duncan has undertaken a year-long research project into civic squares spanning 5 countries, funded with a Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship, and has tutored at the University of Sydney. He was recently awarded the Frank Knox Fellowship to study at Harvard Graduate School of Design next year.

Duncan is a Registered Architect in New South Wales.